The Orlando Magic are excited to give Markelle Fultz a chance to play for them, and the feeling appears to be mutual.
The Magic made a move minutes before the NBA trade deadline expired Thursday afternoon, acquiring the Philadelphia 76ers guard.
The Magic are sending reserve forward Jonathon Simmons, a 2020 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick to the 76ers.
The trade was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and later was confirmed by the Magic during Thursday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said Fultz is "really excited" to be coming to Orlando.
"He's thrilled to be a part of the Magic and looking forward to getting down here and starting his journey with our team," Weltman said. "Obviously you know he's dealt with a lot and I think he's looking at this as a fresh start. He's really excited about it.
"We had been looking for an opportunity like this. We, like the rest of the league, thought very highly of Markelle at the  draft and we were just very happy when it [trade] turned out to actually be there for us to execute."
Magic coach Steve Clifford said building a relationship and opening lines of communication with Fultz will be the first step.
"The biggest thing I think when he gets here is just to sit down and make sure we have a good idea of what he feels his strengths and weaknesses are and how he feels he plays best," Clifford said. "And then, like I said, have some more background work so we can give him our opinions. I'll give him my opinion. That's how you start to come to a place where he's comfortable and we're comfortable."
The 20-year-old Fultz was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft but played in just 33 games during two injury-filled seasons in Philadelphia. He has averaged 20.6 minutes during those two seasons, scoring 7.7 points per game and shooting 41.4 percent.
Fultz averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 19 games this season. He hasn't played since Nov. 19 because of a nerve issue in his right shoulder later diagnosed as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Fultz left the 76ers in early December to begin rehabilitation work on the injury in Los Angeles. He returned to Philadelphia in mid-January to continue his rehab work with the team, but the 76ers did not set a timetable for his return.
Raymond Brother, Fultz's agent, told ESPN on Christmas Day that the guard would be back this season.
Weltman also could not offer a timetable for when Fultz might return, but he also said he doesn't have any doubts Fultz can pass a physical.
According to the Mayo Clinic, thoracic outlet occurs when blood vessels or nerves in the space between the collarbone and first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. It can lead to pain in the shoulders and neck, and numbness in the fingers.
The 76ers shut down Fultz just four games into his rookie season in 2017-18 as he dealt with issues in his right shoulder. He was first ruled out with soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his shoulder but the team found no structural impairment and Fultz no longer had soreness by December. He was averaging 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.9 minutes a game before going out.
Fultz returned to play in the 76ers' final 10 games of the regular season. He then saw action in three of the team's five games of their playoff-opening series.
Fultz wowed scouts during his first and only season at Washington, when he averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists a game and earned third-team All-America honors. He shot 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from the 3-point line.
But by the time he arrived at training camp in September 2017, Fultz had altered his shooting mechanics. In early October, 76ers coach Brett Brown said Fultz had done so in an effort to improve. Fultz told The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor that the change was a result of soreness in his right shoulder.
He eventually was diagnosed with scapular muscle imbalance by an orthopedic surgeon.
If he returns to his pre-NBA form, Fultz could provide a long-term solution for the Magic at point guard.
Fultz is owed $9,754,200 next season and $12,288,697 in 2020-21, according to basketballreference.com. Those contract years are team options. The 76ers exercised the option on the 2019-20 contract in October.
Simmons, meanwhile, averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 41 games this season for the Magic.
He signed a three-year, $20 million contract as a free agent in 2017 after spending his first two NBA seasons with the Spurs, where he drew praise for his defense and toughness. The Magic saw Simmons as a key bench contributor with playoff experience who could help bolster their perimeter defense.
Simmons missed the final 12 games of the 2017-18 season with what the team at the time called a right wrist contusion. He underwent surgery on April 24 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.
This season, Simmons struggled to shoot the ball (36.4 percent in 41 games) and saw his minutes decrease. He had missed the past three games with an abdominal strain, but was mired in a 2-for-13 shooting slump in his three games before the injury.
Clifford felt the wrist injury contributed to Simmons' shooting struggles this season.
"It's not like he hasn't worked at it. He's been in here," Clifford said. "I think it's difficult when you miss a whole offseason like that."
Simmons' contract earns him $6,000,000 for this season.
Last season, the Magic sent point guard Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline and received a 2018 second-round pick.